Maserati MC20 Debuts With 621 HP Twin-Turbo V6 And EV Option, Starts At $210,000


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  • Aug 2, 2020
    Following a lengthy teaser campaign and a coronavirus related delay, Maserati has finally taken the wraps off the all-new MC20.

    Billed as a “super sports car” that is the natural evolution of the Ferrari-based MC12, the MC20 promises to mark the beginning of a new era for Maserati.

    That’s more than just marketing hyperbole as the MC20 features an all-new, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine which is billed as “100% Maserati.” It features a dual injection system as well as an F1-inspired pre-chamber combustion system with twin-spark plugs. This helps to enable the engine to produce 621 hp (463 kW / 630 PS) and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque.

    The engine is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed in excess of 202 mph (325 km/h).

    Customers will also be able to order an electric powertrain. The company is staying coy on specifics, but the electric MC20 will reportedly hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and have a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h). It should also be able to travel 201 miles (323 km) on a single charge.

    Maserati didn’t say much else about the car, but it’s carbon fiber intensive and weighs less than 3,307 lbs (1,500 kg). It also measures 183.8 inches (4,669 mm) long, 77.4 inches (1,965 mm) wide and 48 inches (1,221 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 106.3 inches (2,700 mm).

    On the styling front, the MC20 has a wide grille and a prominent splitter. Designers also installed LED headlights and vents which presumably help to generate downforce.

    Further back, there are aerodynamic side skirts and butterfly doors which promise to improve entry and egress. There are also recessed door handles, a flowing roof and 20-inch wheels that are backed up by ventilated discs which measure 15 inches (380 mm) front and 13.8 inches (350 mm) rear. Customers can also opt for carbon ceramic discs which are 0.4 inches (10 mm) larger front and back.

    The rear is probably the car’s best angle as it reveals wide hips and a sporty dual exhaust system that resides above a large diffuser. The model also has a ventilated fascia, LED taillights and a rear window with a trident motif.

    Maserati says the car’s design and aerodynamics were perfected thanks to more than a thousand computer simulations and over two thousand man-hours in the Dallara Wind Tunnel. The company calls the end result sleek and unfussy, with a drag coefficient of less than 0.38.

    Maserati also confirmed plans for a convertible variant. The company didn’t say much about the drop top, but it will likely be introduced sometime next year.

    Moving into the cabin, the MC20 features a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch infotainment system. The car also sports a “carbon fiber-clad central console” with a wireless smartphone charger and a drive mode selector that has GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and ESC Off modes.

    We can also see a carbon fiber steering wheel with microfiber grips and large buttons for the ignition and launch control system. Other notable highlights include alloy pedals, Sabelt seats and a Sonus Faber audio system.

    Production is slated to begin later this year and Maserati is currently accepting orders. In the United States, pricing reportedly starts at $210,000 with more details to be released soon.
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